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Elevate Store-Bought Pancake Mix With One Powdered Ingredient
By Betsy Parks
Store-bought pancake mix is convenient, but it can also be a bit of a letdown. You could spruce it up by adding an extra egg or a little more butter, but if you want to elevate your stack of pancakes to a restaurant-quality level, malted milk powder will get you there.
Malted milk powder is an old-timey ingredient made with malted barley, wheat powder, milk solids, and salt that was first developed in the late 1800s by William Horlick. The product became one of America's first convenience foods, and today you can find it in the baking aisle of grocery stores, or you can order it from a specialty baking supplier like King Arthur.
For next-level pancakes, America's Test Kitchen adds ¾ of a cup of the dried powder to their pancake recipe to give the pancakes a “sweet, nutty flavor.” Malted milk powder also works great with other box mixes like brownies and cookies, as well as scratch recipes that have brown butter or chocolate.